How one chooses to celebrate Henry Kissinger’s 98th birthday “may well depend on their previous readings about the former Secretary of State and National Security adviser”

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Kissinger at 98: ‘If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic’
by Benjamin Ivry
May 27, 2021

Those who appreciated Niall Ferguson’s hagiographical two-volume biography will applaud Kissinger’s role as the first Jewish secretary of state and his success in helping to achieve détente with Communist China and the Soviet Union. By contrast, political writers Seymour Hersh and especially Christopher Hitchens have pointed to a series of alleged war crimes by Kissinger in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus and East Timor marked by decisions made with apparent blithe unconcern for human suffering and loss of life…Walter Isaacson explains that at a contemporaneous meeting of the Washington Special Actions Group…Kissinger grumbled, “If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic.” He added: “Any people who has been persecuted for two thousand years must be doing something wrong.READ MORE

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